Aside from the appeal of having a pearly white smile, oral health and hygiene is possibly one of the best investments you can make for your body and the younger you start, the better.
With decay rates in Australia far from decreasing and a quick fix lifestyle that sees many of us reaching for processed foods or high sugar drinks, our teeth are in need of attention.
Dr Helen Cornwell of Kids Smile Dental in Newcastle is passionate about empowering young people to take control of their oral hygiene and enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life.
As paediatric dental specialists, Dr Helen Cornwell, Dr Maria Pandey, Dr Linda Nguyen and the Kids Smile team work with children, special needs patients and medically complex children providing all dental care from examinations and cleanings, to fillings, removal of teeth, care under happy gas and sleep dentistry.
The all female team at Kids Smile Dental are dedicated to ensuring that oral health can be enjoyed by everyone and believe that if children can set good routines around the care of their teeth, the benefits will continue through generations to come.
“We understand that there’s often hesitation about visiting the dentist, particularly in younger patients, sometimes it can stem from a negative experience. All of our team are sympathetic to each and every individual and always ensure we take time and care to make patients feel comfortable,” explains Helen.
Working alongside general practitioner dentists, speech pathologists, allied health professionals and medical physicians, Kids Smile Dental often provides care for medically complex cases such as cleft palate, oncology, cardiac, children with behavioural complexities and children with dental anomalies.
The focus, says Dr Helen Cornwell, is to educate the community, to help improve the continuing decay rates in children and the number of those with poorly formed teeth.
“Ideally, it’s good to start seeing a dentist before the age of one, but it is never too early. It’s not just teeth we care for; gums, oral health and how the mouth forms and functions are all important,” says Helen.
With a cleverly thought out practice, designed by disability architect Lindsey Perry, young visitors are made to feel less like they are at the dentist and more like they are somewhere fun. The use of primary colours and a lack of the white coat feel, along with TV’s on ceilings, play panels, books, colouring, all make for an encouraging visit to Kids Smile Dental.
With highly experienced specialist staff - paediatric dentists train for at least 8 years, your children get a positive, caring experience that might go some way to changing the oral health of our nation in years to come.